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Wow! Yes! And again, wow! Great show, great energy, everyone is on the ball. Excellent recording. I don't care what you think the "best" era is for the Dead, this is a show to listen to!
Good show; it's cool they've left this board up in spite of Downhill. Why, oh *why* did they, on that DVD release, substitute these last three tunes with the 19th? While there's no arguing 7/19's Deal, this Music Never Stopped is absolutely stellar - certainly the highlight of a solid first set. Check how it starts "breaking apart" during the big final jam -
Set 2 is, again, well done - I absolutely *love* this China Cat > Rider (check Jerry's "headlight", yo!) and Playin' holds a steady groove. Some Close Encounters stuff going on in Space....
The Alpine '89 run is easily the most famous next to the Warlocks shows for this year. First night here of the three is a good one. A bit overrated? Maybe, but who cares...
Subject: Weir Claims late 80's were the very best years
There is a piece written by Bobby Weir in a special edition of rolling stone that just came out on the dead. He says the late 80's were the best the dead ever played period! That's quite a comment coming from Mr. Weir. Just think about that, out all the great year and different periods Weir claims that the late 80's were when the band was at it's very best in "peek form". He gives much credit to Brent and also claims the dead could read each others next moves on stage, it was magical and unprecedented in their history. I saw about 15 shows in the late 80's and they were magical and sounded amazing while there but for some reason very few hold up on playback.
Gotta be one of the best dead shows!
I have come across any number of fans that dismiss the Brent years. There's no question that this band is not the same as 69 or 73 or 77 or whatever. However, watch this video and watch the way Jerry and Brent interact. Jerry LOVES Brent, no question. That's good enough for me.
Subject: My First Set Of Shows
First off thanks to the archive top notch stuff!Grateful memories of good times,good people,the best damn shows/music I was blessed to see/hear/feel/taste in my life.I was blessed with 28 shows/6 yrs. (seems so short)/6 venues/577 songs.But this set of shows was IT MAN!The weather a roller coaster ride for sure but cool!And to ever was flying kites with glow sticks on them WOW!!!!!!!I MISS THIS GOOD TIME SHIT
Mind Wondrin -
Subject: Peak night of '89's best run
This show's a nice reminder of how good '89 could be (the runs at Shoreline, the Greeks the NYE run, Pittsburgh riots, 10/19, 10/9, 10/16, 10/10). October was the single hottest month but the Alpine run was the late-Brent era's hottest 3-day run, and this show is an '89 Top 5.
All but four songs from this show are on Downhill from Here. The first two (Row Jimmy, Masterpiece) aren't as important. Push2Shove however was almost never pulled off like this. It's a definitive version and, what's weirder: the last! I saw something like 14 of these - none as good as this. The last is Music Never Stopped, which is on Phil Zone; a song they killed consistently in '77, that had more drudged airings in the 80s - but this is one that's just freaking nailed. It's good fortune that this show was captured during the infrequent complete-show vid tapings (but would be da kine if it were restored to a complete show).
The start of the 1st set is solid right out the gate with Good Times Roll and a super strong Built to Last. They didn't play this enough (else I just always missed it, à la 'Bama). Remember how you'd be standing with your buds preshow and somebody would say "this is the show where I get my _______!"? For most that was probably Dawk Staw, for me it was 'Bama but I knew this guy that thought BTL was the E-ticket to show completion. This is the one he coulda-woulda-shoulda been there for. (I also knew a dude that saw a couple dozen shows before he finally got his Terrapin. We had to hold him in by his ankles).
The 2nd Set is likewise made of win. This is a Top Ten China>Rider and the energy and perfection are carried straight through Playin' (well, except for a Bobby flub) and into UJB like it took no effort; just building on the accomplished, accumulated energy. The machine was switched on and they just rode along. The rest of the second set is average '89 until GDtRFB, which is as hyper as a '71 and perfect (aside from some Bobby flubs, natch). The high plateau continues through the encores (two the first night!).
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: B+
Overall: 4 & 1/2 Stars
Good Times Roll
Built to Last
Me & My Uncle
When Push Comes to Shove
The Music Never Stopped
I Know You Rider (one of the greatest)
Playing in the Band
Goin' Down the Road Fellin' Bad
Not Fade Away
And We Bid You Good Night (has slight accompaniment)
People talked about this show for a freaking year. Convos like:
"Dude how was the show last night?"
"No, not THAT good, but good!
One reason is that the 1st set had a lot of rockers and another is the amount of carried-through energy in the second set fabric. There were a hell of a lot of great Playin's in '74 and there's 6/29/76, 12/41/76 and 2/3/78...and this one! UJB is considered one of their defining songs but was rarely this solid - is there a better Brent UJB?
SOURCES: I think I have (and recommend) this 17702 source (the SBD has voices via some ambient bleed or board patch) but Good Times and GSL both have cut-outs on this upload. Now there's a hot Sokolow matrix going around as well.
Whichever Alpine '89 show is the best likely depends on your fave setlist. I stack them:
17th - Most consistent overall - 4 & 1/2 stars
18th - Variable, with the great 1st set streak and most interesting 2nd set - 3 & 1/2 stars
19th - Best 1st set - 4 stars
Craziest Landmarks of the Run:
China>Rider - 17th
Althea - 19th
Friend - 18th
>Scarlet> - 18th
dr flashback - Thanx for the great review. It's no surprise your MP3 sounds that good. MP3 was designed (in a German lab) to be identical to CD quality to human ears. People get it in their heads that it MUST BE inferior somehow but blind tests repeatedly and consistently prove that you can't tell a difference from a (properly) compressed MP3 and the original source. Giving A/B tests to "golden ear" claimants can be entertaining and enlightening for all (especially those subject claiming to hear a difference between 192k and 320k). Try it! When archiving a source (or maybe if you have major time and storage) lossless is fine - but that's what it's for.
Subject: Great time listening to this show.
I wouldn't know because I'm so young, but did everyone just go piss or something during built to last?
Subject: Good Times!!!
I've checked out the DVD from The Los Angeles County Library, El Monte branch, at least ten times! It's great!
Subject: Alpine Box Set
One of my favorite modern day NFA's here. So much energy throughout this entire show. Summer '89 was an excellent tour and here is it's best show.
Don't know how anyone could give this less than five stars. Okay, it's not Carousel Ballroom '68 or Fillmore West '69, but for any rock n' roll band anywhere, anytime, this show is stellar. Great setlist, great playing by everybody. Pick a song and listen to Jerry's solo, and you'll hear it.
At about 5:30 of Stranger Jerry plays a riff that's so funky and so different from anything I've heard him play elsewhere...he just continues to blow my mind.
The wife and I Flew all the way from Maui for this one and we were so glad we did. As Jerry broke in to "Standing on the Moon", a giant yellow full moon was rising over the stage (we were back on the lawn). I remember being blown away by Gimme some lovin' and the set list was perfect. The next week we saw The Who at Alpine Valley. By far, one of the best shows we've ever seen. This recording is absolutely awesome, a peak of peaks.
Subject: Just Gorgeous
This one had it all - great pickin', nice sound, cool vibes. Of course, "great pickin'" qualifies as damnation by faint praise. The show began with a solid, if decidedly unspectacular, LTGTR. At that point, we had no idea what we were in for. But the intensity of the first set grew steadily, to the point where Jerry (as reported earlier) actually sort of jumped - as much as he could - to end "The Music Never Stopped." It's difficult to explain, but the crowd was already buzzing in recognition of what would become a very, very special night. And the legendary second set proved us all right - in spades. They never again hit the peak they did with China-Rider that night. Just beautiful.
Subject: Peaking at their peak
This blessful show is sure to give all the chills. Golly, I miss the dang Grateful Dead! Thank goodness these days (i.e. 89-90 - their best IMHO) can be re-lived thru video and quality SDBs. I know this might sound strange, but the modern day media era has blessed us all, perhaps as much as the touring days. IDK, but it is nice to have such ready access.
Subject: a lil weak on the phil side
cool show but after watchin the dvd phil jus doesnt seem to be gettin in to it all that much , and his bass isnt very present. anyone else think this way? i jus dinnit get my phil fill from listenin to this
Subject: Alpine was the best
IMO this is in the top 10 best shows of all time. July 1989 was exceptional as a whole, but this show (and the two nights that follow) is amazing. Everyone is playing inspired with a TON of energy. China/Rider is the best later era version ive ever heard. Chills thru-out Rider. Amazing LTGTR. The best Built To Last- no midi trumpet effect on the solo!! Hands down the best SOTM ever played. Jerry rips your heart out with the outro solo. like i said high energy ALL THE WAY through the show, and VERY, VERY good singing by ALL the guys (yes even bobby). The Alpine '89 run NEEDS to be commercially released as one of the "complete recordings series".
Subject: my listen
My least favorite of this run but still a great show. I am still kinda new to diving deep in the Dead's live work, but I must say 1989-1991 seems to me as good as years as they ever had, am I wrong?
Subject: Cumberland and ChinaRider
Great show all the way around from a really good tour. The band was on for all of these Alpine Valley shows. There are some fabulous harmonies in this Cumberland in the 1st. It has always been one of my favorites from the '80s. The 2nd set starts out with a very hot China/Rider, which I don't think is overrated. Lots of energy in both sets. Great summer '89 show that is well worth the download. .
Subject: one of the top shows of the modern era
for me this is right up there with 10.9.89 and 9.20.90 as the best shows of the modern dead era. stranger and cumberland are both ridiculous, just exploding with energy. is the china-rider better than others from this (1989-1990) period? that's doubtful, but it's still pretty fantastic. not fade away has a nice funky crunch. this is classic stuff here people and should be part of any serious collection.
Subject: happy birthday!
right on big r, i just so happen to be listening to the 6/30/07 eh show, was my first time at that venue, going back tonight and the waterbear is nice
20 years baby! forever grateful
Everything promised is delivered to you. Incredible legendary three shows with perfect sounding recordings. Deadheads check out Ekoostik Hookah. Start with 6-30-07, 10-19-07 & 3-28-08. I'm sure alot of deadheads will like them.
Subject: I agree
I agree that in almost every cumberland blues ive ever heard this was the best harmonized, and captured my attention vocally out of any. The playing is pretty good and frantic too. God Brent is awesome
Subject: Wicked, just plain wicked.
I am always amazed when a show is not as mind-blowing as it semmed at the time. Such is not the case here. This is as good as I remembered it. Alpine Dead shows were always special. Having had both seats on the lawn and seats in the pavillion, I can recall that the pavillion felt like a separate theater, it was shaped in such a nice little bowl, the sound was clean and LOUD in the seats. Obviously these shows just rocked, hard. The boys were happy and so were us Heads. It makes me sad to face the fact that in his later years, when Jerry was clean(er)and somewhat healthy, he still had that intensity and fire and virtuosity, but when he was too f*ck*d up he just couldn't put it all together. God rest his soul (Brent too,) those magnificent bastards. The next night, with the SugarMags sandwich in the 2nd set was even better, imho. I miss those days. At least we have the music.
Subject: Don't hate me - just calling it like I see it
Overall: great show for sure. Phil is really on in particular. But like Deer Creek, I honestly think these shows have been blown out of proportion over the years. Cal Expo and Greek, just after these shows were at least as good, IMO, and many of the fall shows were better.
The scene: 88 was the dustbowl. 89 was the mudbowl. I’d skipped many of the east coast stadium shows, and then started my tour in earnest at Deer Creek (then here and then Tanner and I continued out west). I remember PhC and Tanner were in the bus, but don’t remember exactly who else was there (Sissy or was he in his own vehicle?). In 88 it was Blackbird, this year it was Bid You Goodnight. In this pre-Dark Star-break-out era, BYG was really something to celebrate – and celebrate we did.
The music: why is it that when Brent starts swearing, the hairs on my neck stand up, and I know it’s going to be a good show? Everything in the first set is well played, but nothing crazy. Is this one of the last, if not the last, Push/Shove? Never one of my favorites, but not sure why they dropped it. Brent trinkles the keys nicely on this one. Music Never Stopped is the first sign that this show is going to be anything really above average, but near the end you can hear that Bobby and Jerry are not on the same page, with Bobby trying to bring the song to a close quite a while before Jerry wants to do so. China>Rider is very good, but I’m not sure why it gets quite the hype that others have given it. Same goes for Playing. I can think of at least 4 others from this year that are better and even the one from Laguna back in 88 (an underrated year, IMO) was better. Then there is very little jam out of Uncle John’s. Really nice SOTM though, for sure. Space through the end of the show is outstanding. This is where I think the show really gets its reputation. As I said above, the Bid You Goodnight was really amazing at the time. I put it up there in my memory with the Landover Ripple from 88. When they started tuning to play some else after, I remember some people calling out for a third set. Ha. Would’ve been nice, though, eh?
These are the shows you recall as being great, and when you hear the bootlegs, you realize they were. There was magic in the air these three nights, and the music, the vibes, the set list, the scene made for some of the fondest shows and memories of touring. Thanks Jerry.
Subject: three fantastic shows
I attended these three and they were absolutely marvelous. All are must haves for your collection. Listen to all of these Alpine shows all the way through and enjoy forever.
Subject: close encounters
I'm really surprised no one has mentioned the "close encounters" theme that Garcia pops out starting at about 7:40 during space. deadbase doesn't mention it either (the online version, anyway) ... it doesn't last very long, but it's unmistakable. bwah-BWAH-bwah-bwah-bwaaaaaaahhhhh
Subject: alpine valley run 89 is god
so i've decided i could establish a major religion based off the tapes from this run. the only way to describe the three shows is ambrosia; an orgasmic ecstacy of pleasure. summer 89 was the peak of latter day dead and alpine valley attests to that. all three nights were professionally video recorded (exerpts on downhill from here). i have a transfered video from the master pro-shot footage of the 3rd night. this means that videos exist for all three nights.... does anyone have the 17 or 18 on video? if so email me and i will send you my list of "liberated" GD vidz and we'll trade. BTW, i'm also looking for a cleaner/crisper video source for the 19th as my copy lost some quality through a makeshift transfer.
I like the review below. I don't hear a top ten show at this one myself, but it's a good show no doubt. I continue to listen to the DVD soundtrack though, which hacks the first set. 2nd set is classic stuff, but not as "out there" as Summer 1990 shows, which I think were even stronger.
Regarding getting these SBD's still. Why use VHS when you can just stream the MP3 directly into your home CD Recorder (if you have one)! It's more work but you can mark your tracks and enjoy. But, MP3 is inferior to the SHN's or FLAC's by a wide margin. I have bought every monthly download at GD Merch so far for the best available sound. They do a great job and $19 is a good price for what they give you.
dr. flashback -
Subject: Top Ten!
well the good Dr. has been stuck in 1989 and 1990 lately, so this show is a good place to start. Sadly, near the end of Brent's life and ironically, he was playing perhaps as strong or better than he ever had. Brent's performance here equals anything Keith achieved in 1973. His organ work, in particular really shines here.
Even if you're a hard core 70's fan, and I certainly am - you've simply got to include this show in your collection. The intensity in the playing is evident from the first song, and it's immediately clear the band is here to rock tonight. Stranger is well jammed, and then by the time they get to Cumberland and All Over Now, Jerry's just on fire. He delivers what was to be the last version of Push - too bad, because this one is so strong, Jerry sounds so comfortable and in the groove - as if it's the JGB band instead. The closer Music is just off the charts and guaranteed to curl your hair. Warning - heart patients should skip this song!!
As expected, Set Two is where they really show the crowd that by summer 89, the group had achieved a new peak in their career. The China>Rider opener is surprisingly fresh and inspired for such an old horse. The jams in Playin and UJB are a bit short, but magical and the ensemble playing is just so on target it's easy to forget it's live. SOTM - what can you say? Jerry's voice is fine and strong, a classic version for all time. When Jerry sings -
"A lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you" - well if you don't get a lump in your throat check your pulse. The solo brings the house down and leads to Drums.
Now - the Space. Each one of course is totally different, which is why I love them. This one remains one of my favorites of the late 80's. Never too harsh, yet inventive enough to not get boring. Only 7 minutes, but very mystical and introspective - a kalidoscope of different sounds and colors. Gets very weird near the end before blossoming into Wheel, with great spacy effects from Brent that just levitate you out of your chair.
I'll leave you to discover the rest of the set on your own. Needless to say, they saved the biggest fireworks till last. How hard can they rock out NFA? This is it folks, the real 1989 in all its glory and a top show for the year.
I have this SBD in a 128K MP3 version from you-know-where, and the sound quality is astounding - every bit as good to my ears as a SHN show. The other 2 nights are special as well, and I hope to review them soon. But this one holds the trophy. Find it, you gotta have!
Obviously, without question this three night set was a very special event from pulling in the night before to packing it all up just covered in mud. Anyone who was fortunate enough to catch these shows knows, and for those who missed them all you have to do is listen. Truly a magical event in my life, filled with great stories and I am sure I am not alone in that regard. Unfortunately, I stumbled upon this awesome web site just a tad too late, and missed being able to download these three nights in their entirety as they were played. So I am asking for a little help to see if someone could upload AUD versions of these three nights to share with the community at large. Or if for some reason there's some sort of rule against that could you shoot me a line on how I might be able to get a copy. I don't have much to trade just some awesome memories that were getting awfully dusty, THANK YOU everyone who makes the sharing of such great music and great times possible.
David Bolewski -
Subject: Ive got some good news for people who want the SBD's on tape.
I have some good news. Although not perfect as far as obtaining digital transfer or the best transfer for that matter. There is a way of getting these soundboards and starting a collection to cherish for the rest of your life. You can stream the soundboards directly through a Hi-fi VCR,Super VHS,Beta or Reel to reel, or better,DAT.There should be an Output on your hard-drive and of course an input on recording systems. There you have it. For those who dont know, VHS tape is suprisingly very good quality. It brings out the bottom end very well,plus alot of us allready have many of the boards allready on disc,I know for sure that Deadheads will desperatly seek out others fans disc's. It will never be like the old days, where quality was such a big issue because too many people allreaDY have 'Literally' the master tapes or very good ones on disc.The disc trading could be a new thing taken to a new level,We will survive.
Boycott GD merchandising
Subject: Franklin's? Shakedown?
Hey man, You with the FUzz? or just don't know what show you are talking about?
Subject: Shakedown Transition
Fabulous show so far- listening to the Franklins right now. But I have to say that transition from Shakedown, where the boys play through the minor chord progression into the opening strumming of Franklins is one of the most seemless transitions I have EVER heard them play- coming from a musician's standpoint- simply amazing.
Now I am grinning ear to ear after listening to this Franklins!!
This is a no brainer. Start to finish a beauty. the level of playing at this show is as high as I have heard. What a night!
Revise: I only revise because having listened to most of this year, I feel this is the best of 89. Miracle shows included. I think that highly of this show.
Subject: THANK YOU!
What a wonderful present to spend my 19th birthday at Alpine w/ the Grateful Dead on that gorgeous summer night. In fact, it rainned cats and dogs the next two nights, but this night couldn't be better, complete w/ a full moon, or neary full moon. Definitely one of my favorite shows of all I attended, and now a favorite to listen to and reflect on. Even at the time I realized I was witnessing something special. Years later, it still blows my mind. What more can be said? SMOKEN!!!!!!
I agree with Trannyman. Why didn't they just release all three nights in their entirity on DHFH DVD? There are too many incredible songs left off the DVD. IMO, these three nights are the best "post coma" dead shows....PERIOD! They have it all...and the boys are playing so well together...the energy is electric from the first note of Good Times on 7/17 all the way through the last note of Lovelight on 7/19. Actually, if I were older and could have seen any shows after 1978, these would be the ones. PURE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: Great Show
All I can say is I am glad I was there :) It was rainy and so damn cold!
Subject: Beautiful Show
Solid show with incredible sound! First set highlights for me include an amazing Jimmy, Stranger, Masterpiece, Push, and of course Music Never Stopped. Hey, its the one from Fallout from the Phil Zone! You gotta love it when Brent hits that high note and sustains it over the rest of the band during the jam! Set two is a monster with the most intense China Rider I have heard from this period followed by a great SOTM. I love this song and the placement before Drums is pretty cool IMHO! Don't forget about the We Bid You Goodnite- the first since Winterlands closing according to Deadlists!
Sound is one thing I am very picky about with late 80/90's shows and this show delivers. If they got lazy they could release this as is; it sounds that good, just like you were there. Lots of color and crispiness! Everyone is nicely balanced unlike other SBDs I have come across from this era.
This is definately one to take with you to that "desert island" if you choose to go there- otherwise enjoy with some headphones or in the yard with close friends! Five stars- this one's "Absoutly Perfect!"
Subject: I concur
I'd say this is the 2nd best show of the post coma era, just behind 10/9/89, which is a totally and completely different kind of show. Obviously that's a subjective statement. I'd have to say that the GD planned the Warlocks shows as they happened since they had just banned camping in parking lots and wanted to get folks more excited about the music. On this night in Alpine Valley, they were just psyched to be there and simply destroyed. I would bet anything that the Bid You Goodnight was not planned at all, they knew they played the second set of a lifetime. This entire run is a breed apart.
Matty Kid -
Hands down, one of the top 10 shows of all time. China-Rider is superb. Awesome show.
early 80's meltdown -
Subject: Jerry blow's a midi gasket
during Candyman crowd goes off.
Subject: Great Show
I love this show A++++++++++
Doug Nawrocki -
I saw several shows where they played multiple encores. This, however, was the only show I had the joy of watching them come out and play an encore, leave and return for a second encore. That was a treat. I can't think of too many shows where I thought they should have done this more deserving than this one. It rained like crazy some time after the end of this show until we all left the third night. Soaked, muddy and cold...
Subject: Get r down
I've only listened to the first 8 songs and I'm already downloading it. sound 5 energy 5.(period)
Masterpiece yes!! Something or someone had the boys on this night. get r downloaded!
Subject: Alpine 89'
This show was definetly a breakthrough. The 1st set is solid but no way would it lead you to belive that the boys were going to pull off one of the best shows of the Decade. China- Rider is perfect and ends with an amazing solo by Garcia. Playin'is hot with all the right acccentuations during the Bridge the jam is very jazzy and melts into a very clypso style Uncle Johns. During the final jam Weir and Brent lock into a powerful groove and Garcia goes with it. The Standing is very soulful and just fades out into the drums beautifuly. Post drumz is as good as it gets pure Rock and Roll. After the Wheel Brent stays on the Hammond the rest of the show he really Takes the show home. We Bid you Good Night is a great treat. I hope most of you have the Video of this show it is by far the best of any releases to date including the seventies. Again the Finest China Rider of All Time.
I love the energy. Fantastic second set! These types of shows simply weren't maintained too far into the 1990s. Jerry's got focus and inspiration, and it shows. A second set that makes me up the volume, open a heineken, have a "smoke", boogie around, maybe piss off my neighbours - hee hee.
Love the band, saw many shows, tortured many friends with my favourite bootlegs on cassette over the years. But, with all due respect, damn they can't sing together. One at a time - no problem at all. I always wondered why they persisted in even "trying" to harmonize. C'mon, we've all heard many a teeth-grinding UJB (although the one in this show is really good and intense).
Played Cumberland Blues from this show, thought my dog was going to start howling from the "harmonies".
And this show is one of the better ones, in terms of singing. Especially the Row Jimmy, Masterpiece, NFA
Jerry plays a wicked China/Rider, UJB! Band is tight on The Wheel! Check out Phil and Jerry on GDTRFB!
Subject: best show ever!
ive collected hundreds of shows but by far this is the all time best . my fav show for well over 10 years..get downhill from here ...the video from this show
Subject: Three words...
GREATEST SHOW EVER!!
John B. -
Subject: great show
pulled out all the goods for this one. brent rocked in his day. great show. they fired it up for this one! would've loved to be there!
Mike Andrews -
Subject: Tight tight tight!!!
The beginning of the last "golden age"... late '89 through Spring '90. What more can be said? Despite a sluggish start (really only the opening tune), the band played its tightest show in years. Not a dud on the setlist. Both of Jerry's feet left the ground - simultaneously - at the conclusion of MNS (he knew this was a special night, and so did the crowd). A bloody perfect July evening.
Joe Shlobotnick -
Subject: Superior sound
High quality sound, high quality show. Isn't this on a video? ("Downhill From Here"?)
Anyway, great show all around. The Bid You Goodnight is the portent for what became a year and a half of dream-shows... the boys busting out all the old goodies (Attics, Dark Star, Loose Lucy, Help on the Way, etc...). 1989-1991. So glad to have been there!
Chester Burnett -
Subject: Smokin' Show
The boys are truly firing on all cylinders in this show. For me some of the highlights include a tasty Row Jimmy (excellent vocals). a super jammin' phil-bomb droppin' TMNS, a high flyin' China/Rider, and great covers of It's All Over Now and Gimme Some Lovin'. The sound quality is also EXCELLENT. The vocals are crisp clear and out front and the instrumentation is well-balanced and fully audible. This is not one of the those echo-plagued 80's shows or a show that suffers from the vocals being drowned out by the instruments. This is a show that you will listen to alot. Not only because of the great sound, but because of the performance and the nice set list.
Mike Zichella -
Subject: Great second set.
I can't even think of how to describe this second set. If you like the Dead at their best, you should hear this show.
Mike Zichella -
Subject: Great second set.
I can't even think of how to describe this second set. If you like the Dead at their best, you should hear this show.
Jeffrey Flaws / UMR -
Subject: This is what I miss ...
Unless you have already fallen in love with 6/23/88 or 7/04/89, then this is the one show to take to heaven with you.
Jerry's intro to Uncle John's Band is the complete expression of why we miss him so.
If it makes you cry, then you get it.
Subject: Must have
what might just be the best show played in the 80's, I knew before it started that tonight would be the night. Sometimes you just know. Such is life. Smokin china cat.........playin>Uncle John's..never get tired of that one......GDTRFB.........r-i-g-h-t..........killer soundboard.......everyone needs to have this show.......if you were not there.....it's as close as you can get to the magic without having a ticket!!!!
Subject: Alpine '89 run
These were excellent shows! The first one was a nice, hot day, the rest of the time in rained and rained until after the 3rd night was over.
Does anyone remember the full moon over the back of the stage during 'Standing on the Moon' ? I got a bit lost the second night and actually asked a policeman directions - I also asked him how many people the police were estimating that were present and he told me over 400,000!!! The place only holds about 40,000 ...
I was up by the tree on the first night - the only tree on the lawn. The show really got going during 'It's All Over Now'. Then it just got better and better. Excellent 'Row Jimmy' as I remember! Of course who could forget the 'We Bid you Goodnight'! That was a nice suprise ;-)
Also - nice first set closer - 'Music Never Stopped'. Excellent 'China->Rider' too!.
I'll never forget these shows and hold the first one in my memory very fondly.
A long trip from PA but worth going and I highly recommend having a copy of this show with you wherever you go!
Subject: One of the best ever
The fact that the Dead released this night on video as "Downhill From Here" should tell you what THEY thought of the evening. In The Grateful Dead Taping Compendium, Vol 3, John Dwork comments on the entire three-show run at Alpine in 1989, and lists the highlights of this particular show as "...every damn note."
Two of the many notable hightlights:
1) Not Fade Away. Usually a throw-away tune, this version sparkles. Raunchy, energetic, full of life. Jerry was bobbing back and forth while playing this, and during his second solo, bends a note so forcefully that he knocks his head back with his eyes closed, a shit-eating grin on his face. I was there, and I recall that plain as day. We all went "Whew!"
2) The first And We Bid You Goodnight since the closing of Winterland (11 years). There was a momentary scream of joy from the audience when the first notes came out of Jerry's mouth, then everybody just as quickly shut up and enjoyed.
This show will rank as one of the best Grateful Dead concerts of all time.
Subject: well yeah
#1 Built IMHO. I think when Jerry uses the horn effect on Built solo's it blows. There is a great solo on Row Jimmy by Jerry. Great China>Rider, and the JBG encore is rather bouncy.
Subject: This is the monster!
This is the show from the 'Downhill From Here" video (which actually takes its last two first set songs from other nights of the run). The last ever sunny day at Alpine, this show is incredible--best I ever saw, bar none. An absolute gem from start to finish. The 'China>Rider' is fantastic, everything post-'Drumz' is unbelievably hot. Insane crowd, beautiful day, monstrous show. Fabulous sound quality here to boot. Thanks, folks.